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The New Education Reform Lie: Why Denver Is a Warning Sign, Not a Model, for Urban School Districts

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'Rather than a narrative of success, here is the disturbing truth about Denver's version of modern urban school reform – how policy direction is often controlled by big money and insiders, why glowing promises of 'improvement' should be regarded with skepticism, and what the movement's real impacts are, especially in communities dominated by poor families of color.According to CPD, based on the school performance framework Denver uses to evaluate its own schools, 'Forty percent of Denver charter schools are performing below expectations.” And of those schools, 38 percent are performing significantly below expectations.Nevertheless, numerous articles and reports in media and education policy sitestout Denver as the place to see the next important new 'reform' in education policy in action.' The conflicts of interest abound and no one seems to care!' says Diane Ravitch

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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